An Interactive 5-Day Online Training Course

Advanced Data Analysis Techniques

Modelling, Simulation, Optimisation and Predictive Analytics using Microsoft Excel

Course Introduction

The statistical analysis of numerical information is proven to be a powerful tool, providing businesses with everyday insight into matters like corporate finance, manufacturing processes, service provision and product quality control.

However, the advent of the Internet of Things, the consequential growth in Big Data, and the ever-increasing business requirements to model and predict, mean that many of the analytical opportunities and needs of a modern, high performing company cannot be met using conventional data analysis methods alone.

More and more companies are wrestling with complex modelling and simulation problems, addressing matters like trying to optimise production systems, to maximise performance efficiency, to minimise operating costs, to combat risk, to detect fraud and to predict future behaviour and outcomes.

This OXFORD Management Centre online training course is 100% computer-based and shows by example how to use Microsoft Excel to solve a series of complex and realistic business problems. The problems are drawn from the widest possible range of applications – from robotics to refining, from supply chain logistics to production optimisation and from financial risk management to the efficient provision of healthcare. All the problems are different and all convey carefully designed learning objectives.

Delegates will learn how to code and simulate realistic problems and then how to use these simulations to understand system operation, to optimise performance, and to predict future behaviour. The online training course is intended for people who are experienced in conventional data analysis techniques, and who now want to become specialist in the modelling and simulation of complex business activities.


This online training course aims to provide those involved in monitoring, managing and controlling complex business processes with the understanding and practical capabilities needed to convert data into meaningful information via a range of very powerful modelling, simulation and predictive analytical methods.

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • To teach delegates how to solve a wide range of complex business problems which require modelling, simulation and predictive analytical approaches
  • To show delegates precisely how to implement a range of modelling, simulation and predictive analytical methods using Microsoft Excel 2016 (or 365)
  • To provide delegates with both a conceptual understanding and practical experience of advanced data analysis methods including: Bayesian models, conventional and genetic optimisation methods, Monte Carlo models, Markov models, What If analysis, Time Series models, Linear Programming, and more
  • To engage delegates for the entire 3 days in the exploration and use of modelling and simulation methods within Microsoft Excel, to develop complete solutions to the 8 totally realistic business problems that are presented
  • To enable delegates to make the shift from intuition-based to information-based decision making in complex situations, hence enabling them to enhance their forecasting and future behaviour predictions, increase their proficiency in risk assessment and risk-informed decision making, and to exploit to a much greater extent the wealth of information contained in Big Data
  • To provide a clear understanding of why the best companies in the world see modelling, simulation and predictive analytics as being essential to delivering the right quality products and optimised services at the lowest possible costs

Training Methodology

This online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted Online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of any location of your choice.

Organisational Impact

Organizations which are able to make optimum decisions, and which can reliably predict future trends and behaviors, are able to enhance substantially their ability to compete on the global stage; as a result of sending their employees on this training course, organizations can expect to benefit from:

  • A shift from intuition-based to information-based decision making
  • The provision of accurate solutions to complex problems
  • Enhanced forecasting and future behavior prediction
  • Advanced modelling and simulation of business processes
  • More capable risk assessment and risk-informed decision making
  • Improved capitalization on the wealth of information contained in Big Data

Personal Impact

Participants will each gain extensive understanding and lots of practical experience of a wide range of the more common modelling, simulation and predictive analytical techniques, all of which will have direct relevance to a wide range of business issues; specifically delegates will acquire:

  • New insights into the use of optimization, modelling and prediction using Microsoft Excel
  • Experience of Linear Programming
  • An understanding of how and when to use Newtonian and Genetic Optimization Methods
  • Knowledge of Scenario Analysis, Markov Modelling and Monte Carlo Simulation
  • The ability to recognize which types of analysis are relevant to particular types of issues
  • Sufficient situational knowledge to judge when a technique will lead to incorrect conclusions

Who Should Attend?

This OXFORD MANAGEMENT Advanced Data Analysis Techniques training course has been designed for professionals whose jobs involve the manipulation, representation, interpretation and/or analysis of data. This training course involves extensive modelling and analysis using Excel 2010 (or higher) and therefore delegates must not only be numerate, but must enjoy detailed working with numerical data to solve complex problems.

Full familiarity with Microsoft Excel (version 2007 or higher), and the ability to analyze data using common statistical methods, are fundamental prerequisites for attendance on this  Advanced Data Analysis Techniques training course.

Course Outline

This online training course uses a series of 8 real world problems, drawn from a very wide range of subject areas, to convey the following understanding:

  • Introduction to optimisation; single and multi‐variate optimisation; determining the objective function; use of constraints; graphical representations
  • Using linear programming to solve production optimisation and product yield maximisation problems, including optimising the profit from a range of products in a petrochemical refinery, and minimising the delivery costs of variable sized packages for a complex supply chain
  • Non‐linear optimisation; stochastic search strategies; exploration of the shortcomings of Newton‐type optimisers; introduction to genetic algorithms; how to apply genetic algorithm optimisers
  • How to solve a range of complex optimisation problems, including contract financial penalty risk minimisation and the classic ‘travelling salesman problem’ by optimising the motion of a large manufacturing robot, both with and without forced constraints?
  • Introduction to Markov modelling and Monte Carlo simulation; discrete and continuous random variables; Monte Carlo building blocks in Excel; modelling the problem efficiently; building worksheet‐based simulations
  • Monte Carlo Simulation solutions to problems exhibiting random behaviour, including dealing with uncertainty of customer behaviour in the sale of products, and simulating chained random events in a doctor’s surgery to maximise its cost effectiveness and efficiency.


Oxford Management Centre e-Certificate will be provided to delegates who successfully completed the training course.




All Training Courses delivered by Oxford Management by default are eligible for CPE Credit.

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20-24 Nov 2023
Fee: $3,950
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